Lechon

lechon
A lechon is a suckling pig.  It is, by most reports, delicious. I have not the tender meat of the baby pig. And, I was happy to understand this bit of vocabulary as a small suckling pig fondly named Hercules is one of the important characters in the film Una Ultima y Nos Vamos.

The story is about embracing identity and family and loss.  It is about perserverance and friendship and brotherhood; although the majority of the characters are technically elders, this story about eight mariachi players plus a prostitute and a pig takes the form of a bildungsroman. The characters are all transformed and so are the viewers.

I usually try to keep my Spanish movie viewing to children’s movies or action movies with little dialogue.  However, I am branching out this summer and finding that, while there are some idiomatic expressions and accents that befuddle me, I have most of the words I need, even lechon.

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